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Abū ʿAbdallāh al-Shīʿī
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Abū ʿAbdallāh al-Shīʿī (d. 298/911) was the major architect of the initial revolt that established the Fāṭimid caliphate in North Africa. Although he was known in the Maghrib as al-Shīʿī, among other names applied to him there, one indicated that he had come from Ṣanʿāʾ. In fact, however, he originally entered the Ismāʿīlī daʿwa in his native town of Kufa. Abū ʿAbdallāh, whose full name was al-Ḥusayn b. Aḥmad b. Muḥammad b. Zakariyyāʾ, was recruited around 278/891, along with his older brother, Abū l-ʿAbbās Muḥammad (d. 298/911), by a dāʿī identified in Fāṭimid sources as Abū ʿAlī b…

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Walker, Paul E., “Abū ʿAbdallāh al-Shīʿī”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 23 August 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_SIM_0282>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: 9789004161658, 2008, 2008-1

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